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Top Ten Read Books from RGC 2020

Our 2020 survey results are in! And along with our readers’ favorite books of the year, we have a list of the top ten most-read titles specifically from Reading Group Choices 2020.

Has your group read all of these terrific books yet?

Most-Read of 2020

1. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

One of our recommended and most read books is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

 

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s,

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Irish Authors Reading List

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Spend your St. Patrick’s Day with one of the books on our contemporary Irish authors reading list!

March brings readers the opportunity to celebrate Irish culture, especially its literature! Independent publishers like Tramp Press bring Irish and international voices to the page, and the Ennis Book Club Festival gathers readers together every year. Indie bookstores like The Gutter Bookshop and No Alibis serve their local communities (and ship). And you don’t have to look far to find the acclaimed novels, memoir, and YA titles from Irish authors that have been making news and gaining awards.

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Books Inspired by Austen

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Discover novels, memoir, YA and more inspired by the timeless novels of Jane Austen!

More than 200 years after they first appeared, the novels of Jane Austen continue to inspire writers and readers. From historical fiction (and mystery!) that features the original characters to plots updated to our times, from memoir about the lasting impact of her work to a children’s book parody — the legacy of Austen continues to find new life on the page. Enjoy these picks for your next group meeting, or just for your next personal Austen read!

One of our recommended books is The Jane Austen Society by Natalie JennerThe Jane Austen Society

by Natalie Jenner

One hundred and fifty years ago,

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Best of the Best Books 2020

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Our “best of the best” returns for 2020! We’ve scoured the end-of-year best book lists out there and narrowed them down into one handy guide.

Overwhelmed by what to read from the past year? We’ve gathered the fiction, nonfiction, and young adult titles we recommended in 2020 that also appear on one (or more) of the favorite lists from:

BookRiot, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Women & Children First, New York Times, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal,

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Most Popular Books 2020

Monthly calendar

We’ve gathered the most popular books in 2020 for a look back at the year! In each of our monthly newsletters, we share the top two most-viewed titles on the Reading Group Choices site for that month.

Here are the titles — a mix of fiction, nonfiction, and young adult — that caught our readers’ attention from January to December: the most popular books in 2020. Do you remember these great reads? See if they match your own group’s most popular books…

January

One of our recommended books for 2020 is American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins    One of our recommended books for 2019 is Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber
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Listen Up! Books About Music

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Let these fiction, nonfiction, and YA books about music become a soundtrack for your reading!

Biographies of iconic musician and influential groups. True stories of how music changed the world. Coming-0f-age stories with musical protagonists. Fictional legends of rock, and a heavy metal horror story. We’ve gathered an eclectic bunch of books about music for every type of reader, from the casual listener to the dedicated fan. Read one while playing your favorite tunes, and then discuss them afterward with your group!

Nonfiction

One of our recommended books is She Come By It Natural by Sarah SmarshShe Come By It Natural

by Sarah Smarsh

Dolly Parton’s songs for decades have validated women who go unheard,

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